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Volume 38, Issue 4

Heading to the Hill ACCA Staff Speak in Washington, DC on the Local Effects of Sequestration

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on the scene

The cover photo was taken by Sarah McKinney, Director of Development and Volunteers at ACCA. It was taken at a congressional briefing taking place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. Pictured above in the purple dress is ACCA’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice President who was asked to present at the briefing about the local effects of Sequestration. Read Eve’s speech in it’s entirety on page 11-14.

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athens police gearing up

Athens-Clarke County Police Department and ACCA are partnering for a phone reassurance program. healthy eating just got easier for athens

ACCA is excited to be the newest pick up location for Good Measure Meals.

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letter from the ceo making it work an inside view cal program catalog

medicare open enrollment

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LETTER

from the CEO

MOTION WELLNESS SYSTEM Makes Its Way to ACCA as the First in Georgia A

CCA has installed Georgia’s first Motion Wellness system that was developed by the Lappset Group out of Helsinki, Finland. The benefit and purpose of this system is to reduce older adult’s fall-related injuries and potentially save lives that may be lost due to a fall. The Motion Wellness system improves stability, balance and coordination. It also allows social interaction and socialization so the training process becomes fun, less intimidating and effective. Why are we concerned about balance and falls? The WHO (World Health organization) reports that one-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. Falls are the most common cause of injury and the 6th leading cause of death for seniors; almost half of admissions to long-term care facilities are fall-related. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released that in 2010, the total direct medical costs of fall injuries for people 65 and older, adjusted for inflation was $30 billion. The CDC claims that by 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion. Among community-dwelling older adults, fall-related injury is one of the 20 most expensive medical conditions. According to Mr. Guy Chaham with Xccent’s Motion Wellness Systems, “Falls are caused by a lack of balance or an inability to recover balance. There are many factors that can influence balance, including some agerelated body, physical and mental health problems, and environmental trip hazards. Physicians, nurses and care givers often interact with older adult patients who have experienced a fall or fall-related event, yet there are few validated tools readily available to assess the nature of the risk and guide the application of proven fall prevention strategies.” ACCA’s partner, Genesis Health Care therapy department, will be working with ACCA consumers to provide a balance program and will incorporate the Motion Wellness system in its activities (please see page 46). This will serve as a fall prevention training tool. The staff of the Center for Active Living (CAL) will be trained on the proper use of the equipment as well. We are so excited to add this wonderful enhancement to our array of services. We recognize the need for many interventions in balance to avoid falls and fractures. Come check it out!

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Making it Work Helping Hands CEO/President Jennie Deese Connections Editor KaDee Holt Board of Directors Mariah Pierce, Chair Shannon Wilder, Vice-Chair Joseph Frierson,III, Treasurer Shelby Lacy, Secretary Charles Auslander, III Annette Barfield William Baxter Randy Christian Dawn Donovan Mary Erlanger Gary Franklin Julie Gaines Connie Jeffreys Mary Ann Johnson Charles Kauderer Tommie Mullis Ghylaine Parthiot Kathleen Smith Linwood Smith Rhondolyn Smith Evelyn Wright

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RSVP Volunteers

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By Erin Beasley | Senior Corps Program Director

nce a week, a volunteer picks up two donated lunches and shares a meal with a friend.

Every couple of days, a volunteer tends to a community garden that will provide fresh vegetables to older residents in the community. On the last Tuesday of each month, a group of volunteers load up their cars with frozen meals, fresh produce and canned goods to deliver friends in the community. Once a month, volunteers meet with older adults to help them through the Senior SNAP application process. Every other month, some of these same volunteers meet up to pack and distribute bags of non-perishables and fresh produces to fellow volunteers. Each of these activities is an example of how Helping Hands RSVP volunteers are working to Fight Senior Hunger and make a difference in their community. Helping Hands RSVP is a volunteer program that taps the experience and expertise of adults, age fifty-five and better, to address unmet needs in our community. By working with the Senior Hunger Coalition these volunteers are matched with opportunities that allow them to make a difference using their own, unique set of skills. In addition to these hunger initiatives, Helping Hands RSVP also has a volunteer transportation program and friendly visitor program. For more information on Helping Hands RSVP please contact Candy Trammell, RSVP Program Specialist, at 706-549-4850, email at ctrammell@accaging.org, or online at: http://www.accaging.org/rsvp/ FALL 2014 5


In Development

ACCA and Terrapin are excited about Casktopia. Casktopia is a competition among local organizations to create the tastiest remixes of beers from Terrapin’s annual line-up. A cask beer is a beer infused with different ingredients and naturally carbonated in a stainless steel firkin (cask). On October 18, 2014, Terrapin will highlight Hopsecutioner, a year-round beer, for competition. ACCA will compete in Casktopia at this event. Winners will go head-to-head in the December finale. Each competition will feature 8 unique cask beers, 5 from local non-profits and 3 wildcards (restaurant, distributor, Terrapin employees, etc). ACCA will come up with their own creative concept for the ingredients to add to the Hopsecutioner beer and be ready to battle it out against the competition, which will be judged by the event patrons.

( How Can You Help? ) 1. Save the date for Saturday, October 18, 2014 2. Come out to Terrapin Brewery, located at 265 Newton Bridge Road in Athens 3. Bring some of your friends 4. Find the ACCA beer 5. Vote us to the December finale

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Thank you to Junk South for allowing ACCA to be your charity of choice for the month of July. ACCA was the beneficiary of nearly $500 from Junk South. Junk South clients are allowed to make a donation to the charity of their choice and we are truly thankful for the benefit to ACCA! If you need junk removed, large or small, give them a call at (855) 747-5865.

Thank you Walton EMC and Operation Round Up®! Operation Round Up® is Walton EMC’s community service assistance program designed to offer an easy way for EMC customers-owners to raise money for individuals and local charitable organizations. As part of Walton EMC’s “neighbor helping neighbor” concept, customers can elect to have their monthly bill rounded up to the next dollar. All funds raised are returned to the local community. In July 2014, ACCA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program received $5,000 from Operation Round Up®. Funds granted to ACCA and GRG will help fund support groups and nutritional services for families receiving services. Thank you Walton EMC, Operation Round Up® and customer-owners!


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Around the Bend

Athens Police

GEARING UP Program to Check on Welfare of ‘A t-Risk’ Seniors

By Joe Johnson | Criminal Justice Reporter for Athens Banner-Herald

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Article was originally published by the Athens Banner-Herald and Online Athens on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The link to the online article is http://onlineathens.com/localnews/2014-08-01/athens-police-gearing-program-check-welfare-risk-seniors

he Athens-Clarke County Police Department is preparing to launch a program to keep tabs on at-risk senior residents. The program will utilize existing volunteers, but additional volunteers are being recruited.

The “Seniors, We Care About You” program will involve weekly telephone calls to senior residents who are deemed to be at risk due to medical and other reasons. Some residents may be called twice a week, police said. Noting that the county’s senior population has grown significantly, it is believed that a proactive approach is required to identify individuals who may be at-risk within this community,” a police media release noted. Over the years, the police department has routinely responded to requests to check on seniors and specialneeds individuals. These requests have often come from family members or friends who are too far away to check on them in person. “Regrettably, often by the time community members and/or the police are made aware of a need to check on a senior, the senior’s welfare has suffered,” police noted in the release. Seniors, We Care About You will identify at-risk seniors through a voluntary application process which will involve the efforts of the police department’s Crime Prevention Unit, and community stakeholders such as the Athens Community Council on Aging. 8 connections


In addition to calling participants to check on their welfare, volunteers will provide information concerning community resources, according to police. The service will be strictly voluntary and may be discontinued by the participant at any time. Police encourage persons 65 years of age and older and persons with special needs to participate. Applications will be available online at www.athensclarkecounty.com/police and in the front lobby of the police department’s precincts at 3035 Lexington Road and at Georgia Square Mall, and also at the east substation at 325 Fairview St. Requests for information on the program should be directed to Crime Prevention Unit personnel, including Lesley Moore at lesley.moore@athensclarkecounty.com or (706) 613-3358, ext. 235, and Julita Sanders at julita.sanders@athensclarkecounty.com or (706) 613-3358, ext. 231. To volunteer for this program, contact Athens-Clarke County police Volunteer Coordinator Mary Hamby at (706) 613-3888, ext. 272 or mary.hamby@athensclarkecounty.com. Follow Athens Banner-Herald Criminal Justice reporter Joe Johnson at www.facebook.com/JoeJohnsonABH or www.twitter.com/JoeJohnsonABH.

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ACCA HEADS TO THE HILL Speaking about the Local Effects of Sequestration

On July 15, 2014, ACCA staff members, Eve Anthony, Chief Operating Officer and Sarah McKinney, Director of Development and Volunteeers headed to Washington, DC. Anthony was invited to speak at a Congressional briefing sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Coalition for Health Funding. Anthony and McKinney also visited local legislators and educated their staff on the effects of Sequestration cuts. ACCA wanted to share the speech written and read by Anthony to a room full of attendees. 10 connections

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ood Afternoon…looking out at the audience today, it looks like there are about 150 of us gathered here. If our group was a representation of the people from my small community in Athens, Ga, about 30 of you would have a hard time listening to me. That’s because you would be wondering where your next meal is coming from. Those of you over the age of 50 would be among the silent victims of hunger. You recognize that most hunger programs are designed for children or families, not you, and you may feel ashamed to ask for help, or that others may need help more than you. And you may ask… How did I get here? This is a question that I heard from a very frustrated 67 y/o a few months ago. Mrs. Brown, who is a widowed, retired educator in our community heard from her neighbor that our agency could provide her with a daily meal and place to socialize with others and so she decided to check us out. While enrolling in our senior center, she asked, very quietly…“How did I get here?” A stroke several years ago made driving a thing of the past so getting to the grocery store for basic needs or fresh produce is difficult. Athens has a great transit system but she can’t walk three blocks to the closest bus stop. And even if she could, how would she manage the bags of heavy groceries on her way home. She lives on a fixed income and has no family living in the area. Mrs. Brown is one of the 29% of older Americans over the age of 65 who live alone. Because of her disability, she is alone, homebound and isolated. She relies on her neighbor to bring canned goods and other meal items by on occasion, but with her left side paralyzed due to the stroke and


Macular Degeneration, opening a can of vegetables is difficult... Preparing a full meal is impossible. So most meals for Mrs. Brown are peanut butter crackers, cereal or high sodium, frozen meals. 73% of older adults have at least two chronic diseases and Mrs. Brown is no different. In the three months prior to coming to ACCA’s senior center, she visited the emergency room 4 times. Unable to pay the taxi for a ride to her primary care doctor, Mrs. Brown called 911 to transport her to the ER for routine medical treatment. Mrs. Brown may or may not refill her prescriptions. It depends on if she has the money for the co-pays… Does she chose food or her medications? Mrs. Brown’s story is not unusual. AARP reports 9 million older adults in our country are at risk of hunger. In Georgia, my home, 9% of older adults face the risk of hunger. The agency I work for, ACCA, resides in the smallest county in Georgia, which also ranks among the poorest in the nation with a consistent poverty rate of over 30% for the last 25 years. Many of our older adults are socially isolated and

food insecure... Meaning that they do not have access to appropriate and adequate food choices such as fresh produce and full meals. Mrs. Brown, a diabetic eating peanut butter crackers for dinner, is an example of a food insecure older adult. So, I guess the question to ask is “who really cares?” I think the answer is that we all should and do.

“AARP reports 9 million older adults in our country are at risk of hunger. In Georgia, my home, 9% of older adults face the risk of hunger. The agency I work for, ACCA, resides in the smallest county in Georgia, which also ranks among the poorest in the nation with a consistent poverty rate of over 30% for the last 25 years.” Addressing senior hunger is not just a social issue meant to be tackled by passionate do-gooders. Like so many other older Americans struggling with food insecurity, Mrs. Brown’s limited access to healthy meals make her a

high risk for emergency room visits, hospitalizations, nursing home admission and early death. Because of this, health care systems are becoming more and more focused on the impact of food insecurity on health outcomes and health care spending. The more we invest in senior nutrition programs, the more we save. Every dollar invested in Meals on Wheels can save up to $50.00 in Medicaid spending. Spending money on preventative services, such as senior nutrition programs, save money and are better for the consumer and client. So, when did ACCA really start caring? Although our agency has served older adults in our community for over 45 years, senior hunger was not a priority for us until 2010, when we asked a group of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren if they had enough food to feed their families. We were shocked to learn that 78% of them replied “no”. As we looked further into the issue, we realized that the older adults we serve in our Meals on Wheels and Senior Center were also struggling with food insecurity. Approximately

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40% of the older adults in our care were food insecure. Our area had a Meals on Wheels waiting list of over 100 people and we knew that many of these people would be in nursing homes or die before we could serve

Anthony with the poster of the “Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Hurt America’s Health”

them and that the people we were serving needed more help. We knew we needed to respond, but also faced the grim reality that our agency, alone, did not have the resources to meet this need. At the same time, a group of concerned students and faculty at the University of Georgia, our neighbor, joined together to form the Campus Kitchen at UGA. Recognizing that 40% of the food we produce in our country is wasted, this student powered organization rescues soon to be wasted, perfectly viable food, and uses it to prepare healthy and delicious meals which we serve to older adults in the community, our meals on wheels program and senior center. Over the last four years, other partners have joined us to form a Senior Hunger Coalition in our area. Because of our combined efforts, we are able to supplement our 12 connections

federally funded senior nutrition programs with healthy meals and fresh produce provided through the Campus Kitchen at UGA and other partners. Access to supplemental food resources has decreased food insecurity rates among our population by over 38%. We were making great strides in reducing senior hunger in our area... For so many of the older adults that we serve, we were able to be grateful that they had enough.

“Our funding was so drastically cut that we needed to discharge 14 people, each day, from the senior center to meet our new federal funding levels. How do we choose those 14 people? I ask each of you…. How do you choose?” A sigh of relief….they had enough. And then, in July of last year, we received the first of two funding cuts resulting from the federal sequestration and affecting our senior center and Meals on Wheels programs…. our most vulnerable older adult population. Our cuts limited access to Meals on Wheels for so many on our growing waiting list and had a significant impact on our Senior Center group. Our funding was so drastically cut that we needed to discharge 14 people, each day, from the senior center to meet our new federal funding levels. How do we choose those 14 people? I ask each of you… “How do you choose?” Do we choose Mrs. Brown, who

now has access to a full meal each day, transportation to the doctor and a room full of new friends? Do we choose her friend, Mrs. Chen, who came to our center the day after her husband unexpectedly died, because she didn’t want to be alone and had nowhere else to go. Do we choose Mr. Thomas, a military veteran from our country’s greatest generation who came to our center 30 pounds underweight and does not have food to eat over the weekend unless we send box meals home with him. How did so many other agencies, just like ours, across the country, choose? How would you choose? Because we honestly didn’t know how. Thankfully, because of our partnership with Campus Kitchen at UGA and generous support of our community and donors, we didn’t have to choose this time. We were able to move our supplemental meal resources…those extra meals that allowed our clients to “have enough” into our daily meal operation. This allowed us to continue serving those 14 clients but greatly impacted our ability to do more. We need the core services that federally funded senior nutrition services provide if we are going to get close to meeting the need of so many in our community. Due to the efforts of so many here in Washington, like the Meals on Wheels Association of America, and those throughout the country, we were fortunate to have federal dollars restored to our Meals and Wheels and senior center programs


but our future is still very unknown and frankly, scary. We’re still facing the 2016 federal funding cuts and our budget numbers in 2015 are not enough. Our waiting lists are long….our Meals on Wheels partners in Atlanta face lists of over 500 people….most of whom will never be served. These are the older adults in our community who remain the silent victims of hunger…. just a name on a never ending waiting list. Our agency and so many like us cannot meet this need alone. We ask our federal government to renew and secure it’s commitment to our most vulnerable population and reauthorize the Older Americans Act to secure future funding for nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels and senior centers. We hope that our leaders recognize that as our population increases, so will this need.

“Our agency and so many like us cannot meet this need alone. We ask our federal government to renew and secure it’s commitment to our most vulnerable population and reauthorize the Older Americans Act to secure future funding for nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels and senior centers.” In preparing to be here today, it was very hard for me to choose one person’s story to represent so many... And then, last week, I received an e-mail that made the decision for me. This e-mail was from our agency’s Senior Center Program Director, Heather. The subject of the e-mail was “It’s a great day at ACCA” and it read: “So here I am this morning thinking about this ever growing to-do list... And in walks Mrs. Brown. She sits down in my office and pours her heart out. After 30 minutes-my heart is still. She showered us with praise and compliments and really words we shouldn’t hear… Like “I didn’t have enough, I was alone, no one cared.” As she left my office, she looked over her shoulder and said “Heather, now that I come here- I have joy in my life. I am no longer sad inside like I was.” Thank you to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Coalition for Health Funding for allowing me the opportunity to be here today to tell Mrs. Brown’s story and the story of so many like her.

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Healthy Eating Just Got Easier for Athens W

By KaDee Holt | Director of Marketing and Communications

e have all been there... Nothing to eat at home and end up picking up something unhealthy. ACCA is excited to be able to offer another option. An option that is healthy, easy, and absolutely delicious. Good Measure Meals™ (GMM) has added another pick-up location in Athens for its freshly prepared gourmet-quality meals. Good Measure Meals™ offers healthy, nutritionally balanced meals for busy professionals, people working toward a health goal or to reverse or manage diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. With flexible options including, four daily calorie levels, one to three meals per day, and five or seven day meal plans, GMM can fit the needs of a wide range of customers. GMM also offers a vegetarian menu, diabetic menu, and an option with no seafood. “ACCA is so excited to be able to offer this as a healthy option to the participants of our agency and to our staff. With an increased focus on fitness and wellness, this gives older adults, staff, volunteers, and any one in our community a healthy option for eating well,” stated Jennie Deese, Chief Executive Officer of ACCA. She went on to say, “The partnership with Open Hands and Good Measure Meals is just another example of how ACCA is keeping true to the ACCA motto for our community to live well and age well.” GMM’s fresh meals are delivered straight to ACCA on Mondays and Thursdays for convenient pick up. To order, contact customer service at (404) 815-7695 or customerservice@goodmeasuremeals.com. Good Measure Meals™ was started in 2004 and is a social enterprise of the nonprofit Open Hand Atlanta. 100% of net proceeds generated by Good Measure Meals™ support Open Hand Atlanta’s Comprehensive Nutrition Care™ program, which combines nutrition therapy, education and healthy, balanced meals. Founded in 1988, Open Hand Atlanta provides home-delivered meals to seniors and individuals with chronic, critical or terminal illness in 18 North Georgia counties. www.projectopenhand.org. GMM follows the nutrition recommendations of the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Institute of Medicine and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With the addition of Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), located at 135 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601 (706-549-4850), GMM now has more than 90 pick-up locations in the Atlanta, Athens and Gainesville areas.

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An Inside View

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By Paige Powell | Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

ince 2006, the Athens Community Council on Aging has supported relative caregivers through the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. This program serves relative caregivers, in six Northeast Georgia counties, with such needs as basic necessities, nursing, support, nutrition, parent education, referrals, and transportation. Over the years, we have been one of the only support systems for many relative caregivers in our community. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren allows relative caregivers to have the social support services needed while facing new challenges. The social network that is created while attending support groups, events, and other activities, allows the relative caregiver to vent frustrations, to relieve stress, and gain support from fellow peers who understand the challenges and issues faced while raising a child. Not only does Grandparents Raising Grandchildren offer supportive services, it also offers an assortment of activities including: Support groups, case management, information and referrals, health screenings and monitoring, family activities, parent education workshops, transportation, emergency assistance, and emergency food and personal care boxes. With the services provided, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren hopes to help relative caregivers relieve some of the stress that is related with the issues faced while raising their grandchildren or other children. To enroll in the program, the family must meet the following eligibility requirements: • Caregiver must reside in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, or Walton Counties. • The caregiver must be raising one or more children. • We ask that the parent not be living in the home, but do make exceptions based on the situation. The program’s service plan is designed to meet the identified needs of relative caregivers and has resulted in successful program outcomes. These include: • 96% of caregivers feel that they are better able to cope with caring for the children they are raising. • 92% of caregivers feel as though they will be able to continue to raise the child(ren) in their care. • 81% of caregivers feel as if their overall health and sense of well-being have improved. • 86% of caregivers self-reported that they are “very satisfied” with the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. • 95% would recommend the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren services to a friend. • Food insecurity rates among families decreased from 60.66% to 33% within 90 days of enrollments into the program. Data collected over the past three years has shown that abandonment and substance abuse are the two top reasons for relative caregiving in the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. If you know someone who is a relative caregiver and is interested in joining the program, please call Paige Powell or Molly Jones at (706) 549-4850. For GRG Support Group information, please see page 42. 16 connections


Thousands of Georgians Unaware of Significant VA Benefit

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By Chad Kimbrough | Firm Administrator at the Kimbrough Law Firm in Athens

he recent scandal involving the Department of Veterans Affairs has drawn welldeserved attention to the agency and its practices. Nevertheless, other elements of the VA remain virtually unknown to the public. For 63 years, one particular VA benefit program has eluded the majority of veterans and their family members for whom it was created. Even VA officials acknowledge it as one of the most under utilized and unknown benefits the VA offers. Formally named VA Improved Pension, the benefit is more commonly known as “Aid & Attendance,” or “A&A.” The A&A program provides substantial monthly payments (tax-free) to qualifying wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses. Those who qualify can receive up to $2,085 per month (veteran and spouse); $1,758 per month (single/widowed veteran); or $1,130 per month (surviving spouse). Aimed at the 65+ population, it is estimated that one in three Americans in this category are eligible for A&A. Specifically, of all Georgians age 65 or older, over 300,000 of them can receive these quality of life-changing funds. However, fewer than 5% of ALL eligible individuals nationwide are actually receiving it. To qualify, the veteran need not have suffered a service-related injury. Instead, the program intends to supply supplemental income to veterans and their spouses who require some assistance with daily living activities. Here are some other qualification basics: 1. Veteran must have served at least 90 days on active duty, including only one day during a wartime period (though not necessarily in a war theater) – World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf. 2. Veteran must have received a discharge other than dishonorable. 3. Veteran must be either at least 65 years old or 100% disabled (surviving spouse can be any age). 4. Veteran or surviving spouse must satisfy a requirement of a maximum net worth of assets and a certain ratio Are you overwhelmed with of income to medical expenses. papers, mail, or possessions? Applying can often be confusing and complicated Let us help you or help your loved one. without guidance, and the VA itself continues to further • ORGANIZING muddle the process. The VA is notorious for providing Create systems for Home Offices and paper management incomplete or incorrect information to those who inquire • DOWNSIZING about their benefit eligibility. If you or your spouse served Determine which possessions to keep, move, donate, and sell • FINANCIAL & LIFE ORGANIZING in the military during the previously mentioned wartimes, Pay bills, organize tax documents, review financial statements, and more. seek advice from a VA-accredited individual who is well informed and experienced with all aspects of the We can create a special plan to meet your needs! Adele Gross adele@simplesolutionorganizing.com Owner application process. Everyone deserves an advocate 706-714-1314 Since 2003 – especially when it comes an earned benefit capable of drastically improving one’s quality of life. For more www.simplesolutionorganizing.com information, call the Kimbrough Law Firm at (706) 850FALL 2014 17 6910.


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Submitted by Matt McKinney | Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Watkinsville, GA

s an investor, you’re well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. And you’d be basing these feelings on actual evidence: The longer the investment period, the greater the tendency of the markets to “smooth out” their performance. But what happens when you retire? Won’t you be more susceptible to market movements? You may not be as vulnerable as you might think. In the first place, given our growing awareness of healthier lifestyles, you could easily spend two, or even three, decades in retirement — so your investment time frame isn’t necessarily going to be that compressed. Nonetheless, it’s still true that time may well be a more important consideration to you during your retirement years, so you may want to be particularly vigilant about taking steps to help smooth out the effects of market volatility. Toward that end, here are a few suggestions: • Allocate your investments among a variety of asset classes. Of course, proper asset allocation is a good investment move at any age, but when you’re retired, you want to be especially careful that you don’t “overconcentrate” your investment dollars among just a few assets. Spreading your money among a range of vehicles — stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, government securities and so on —can help you avoid taking the full brunt of a downturn that may primarily hit just one type of investment. (Keep in mind, though, that while diversification can help reduce the effects of volatility, it can’t assure a profit or protect against loss.) • Choose investments that have demonstrated solid performance across many market cycles. As you’ve probably heard, “past performance is no guarantee of future results,” and this is true. Nonetheless, you can help improve your outlook by owning quality investments. So when investing in stocks, choose those that have actual earnings and a track record of earnings growth. If you invest in fixed-income vehicles, pick those that are considered “investment grade.” • Don’t make emotional decisions. At various times during your retirement, you will, in all likelihood, witness some sharp drops in the market. Try to avoid overreacting to these downturns, which will probably just be normal market “corrections.” If you can keep your emotions out of investing, you will be less likely to make moves such as selling quality investments merely because their price is temporarily down. • Don’t try to “time” the market. You may be tempted to “take advantage” of volatility by looking for opportunities to “buy low and sell high.” In theory, this is a fine idea — but, unfortunately, no one can really predict market highs or lows. You’ll probably be better off by consistently investing the same amount of money into the same investments. Over time, this method of investing may result in lower per-share costs. However, as is the case with diversification, this type of “systematic” investing won’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss, and you’ll need to be willing to keep investing when share prices are declining. It’s probably natural to get somewhat more apprehensive about market volatility during your retirement years. But taking the steps described above can help you navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of the financial world. This article is written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Copyright © 2014 Edward Jones, All rights reserved. Member SIPC. This site is designed for U.S. residents only. The services offered within this site are available exclusively through our U.S. financial advisors. Edward Jones’ U.S. financial advisors may only conduct business with residents of the states for which they are properly registered. Please note that not all of the investments and services mentioned are available in every state.

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Open Enrollment October 15 - December 7 By Jessica Bankston | GeorgiaCares Program

Medicare Open Enrollment is every year from October 15 through December 7, 2014 and is an important time for beneficiaries to review coverage and benefits. Below are some helpful FAQ’s about Open Enrollment that may help you understand the importance of Open Enrollment and why it occurs. FAQ: Why does Open Enrollment occur? Every year Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans change, or even leave the area. It is important for all Medicare beneficiaries to go over benefits and premium information for their current plan in order to be prepared for the next year. Sometimes, copayments may change as well as the plans formulary (which is a list of drugs that the plan may cover). FAQ: When is Open Enrollment and how do I change plans if I want to? The Annual Change Period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans is October 15 - December 7 of every year. During this time frame an individual can change, drop, or enroll in a Medicare drug plan (Part D), or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C). This is one of the few times that a Medicare beneficiary can change their plan unless they are granted a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) another time throughout the year. FAQ: If I have a Medicare Part D plan, do I need to change the plan every year? It depends. By September 30 of every year each beneficiary should have received from their current plan an ANOC (Annual Notice of Change) and/or an EOC (Evidence of Coverage) which outlines the 2015 plan formulary, benefit design, and/or premium changes. This information is very important as the beneficiary can then seek out an alternative plan if they wish, or stay with the current plan as long as they agree to the changes and the plan is not leaving the service area. FAQ: What if I do not want to change my Part D or Medicare Advantage plan for next year? If you do not want to change your plan and the plan will continue to provide coverage in your area you do not need to do anything. Your plan will roll over for next year and you will start paying any new premiums, copayments, or deductibles. FAQ: Have questions about changes to your plan for next year? Call GeorgiaCares at 1-866-552-4464; Option 4. We can speak with you over the telephone or schedule a time for you to meet with us in person to go over your current plan and offer alternatives for you to consider if needed. Give us a call today! We are waiting to hear from you.

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a guide to bed safety bed rails in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Personal Care Homes, and Home Health Care Submitted by Keith Adams | Long Term Care Ombudsman

Source: www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/.../HospitalBeds/UCM125857.pdf

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Between 1985 and 2008, 803 incidents of patients caught, trapped, entangled, or strangled in beds with rails were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Of these reports, 480 people died, 138 had a nonfatal injury, and 185 were not injured because staff intervened. Most patients were frail, elderly or confused.

Patients or residents who have problems with memory, sleeping, incontinence, pain, uncontrolled body movement, or who get out of bed and walk unsafely without assistance, must be carefully assessed for the best ways to keep them safe from harm, such as falling. Assessment by the patient’s/resident’s health care team will help to determine how best to keep the patient/ resident safe. Historically, physical restraints (such as vests, ankle or wrist restraints) were used in health care facilities. In recent years, the health care community has recognized that physically restraining patients/ residents can be dangerous. Although not indicated for this use, bed rails are sometimes used as restraints. Regulatory agencies, health care organizations, product manufacturers and advocacy groups encourage hospitals, nursing homes and home care providers to assess patients’ needs and provide safe care without restraints.

Potential Benefits of Bed Rails Include:

• Aiding in turning and repositioning within the bed. • Providing a hand-hold for getting into or out of bed. • Providing a feeling of comfort and security. • Reducing the risk of patients falling out of bed when being transported. • Providing easy access to bed controls and personal care items.

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Potential Risks of Bed Rails Include: Patient or Family Concerns:

• Strangling, suffocating, bodily injury or death when If Patients/residents or family ask about bed rails, the person or part of their body are caught between health care providers should: rails or between the bed rails and mattress. • Encourage patients/residents or family to talk to their • More serious injuries from falls when patients/ health care planning team to determine whether or residents climb over rails. not bed rails are indicated. • Skin bruising, cuts, and scrapes. • Reassure patients/residents and their families that • Inducing agitated behavior when bed rails are used in many cases the patient/resident can sleep safely as a restraint. without bed rails. • Feeling isolated or unnecessarily restricted. • Reassess the need for using bed rails on a frequent, • Preventing patients/residents, who are able to get regular basis. out of bed, from performing routine activities such as going to the bathroom or retrieving something from a closet.

Meeting Patiens’s Needs for Safety:

• Most patients/residents can be in bed safely without bed rails. • Use beds that can be raised and lowered close to the floor to accommodate both patient/resident and health care worker’s needs. • Keep the bed in the lowest position with wheels locked. • When the patient/resident is at risk of falling out of bed, place mats next to the bed, as long as this does not create a greater risk of accident. • Use transfer or mobility aids. • Monitor patients/residents frequently. • Anticipate the reasons patients/ residents get out of bed such as hunger, thirst, going to the bathroom, restlessness and pain, meet these needs by offering food and fluids, scheduling ample toileting, and providing calming interventions and pain relief.

ACCA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights of nursing home and personal care home residents, provides educational opportunities, and investigates and resolves complaints in long-term care facilities. Our singular focus is to protect the rights of residents in long-term care facility.

Which Ways of Reducing Risk are Best? A process that requires ongoing patient evaluation and monitoring will result in optimizing bed safety. Many patients/residents go through a period of adjustment to become comfortable with new options. Patients and their families should talk to their health care team to find out which options are best for them. FALL 2014 21


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Athens Senior Hunger Coalition: Mobile Food Pantry In partnership with the NEGA Food Bank, ACCA hosts a Mobile Food Pantry program every other month. On the dates listed below, we will receive at least 10,000 pounds of food via a semi-truck. Working together, we will unload, sort, bag and distribute the food to more than 175 area families. Next Mobile Food Pantry: Wednesday, September 17 from 8am-11am 10th Annual Be a Santa to a Senior Wrapping Party Join over 100 volunteers for this special occasion. Volunteers needed to wrap over 3,500 gifts for distribution to over 650 home bound adults! Tuesday, December 9 at 4pm

Law Office of Dennise L. Grayson Holiday Tea ACCA and Epting Events are rolling out the red carpet for another great Holiday Tea. Fine china, entertainment, delightful bites, Santa, his elves and more! Join over 25 volunteers to help serve the attendees of Tea! Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Beyond this list, there are so many ways to engage in service at ACCA. Call (706-549-4850) or email (smckinney@accaging.org) Sarah McKinney, Director of Development and Volunteer Services to determine a good fit for you or your group!

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Athens Regional Home Health Services One-on-one care, in the comfort of your own home. Athens Regional Home Health nurses and therapists provide expert care in a patient’s home through a range of services to assist in the recovery from illness, injury or surgery. Our home health nurses are available around the clock to help patients achieve their function and mobility goals. We also guide families on how to best help their loved one. We've been providing quality home care services since 1998 and are licensed by the State of Georgia, certified by Medicare and accredited by the Joint Commission. We also rank in the top 20 percent of home health providers in the nation as measured by Home Health Compare.

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Formerly the Athens-Clarke County Senior Center, the Center for Active Living (CAL) is a multi-purpose center dedicated to offering a variety of opportunities for older adults to stay active while they age in Athens and surrounding areas. CAL provides learning opportunities to engage older adults (50+) by offering unique social, cultural, educational, and wellness-related classes and activities. Membership for Clarke County residents is $35 per year. These programs are designed for you and we want to see you here.

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September Monthly Coffee Join us for our monthly coffee. There will be a presenter at each coffee speaking about their varied expertise. Stay tuned for more details about each month’s presenters. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, September 3rd Time: 10:00am-11:30am Cost: Free

AARP Smart Driver Learn how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. You will also learn the following: How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots, the safest ways to change lanes, make turns at busy intersections, the proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, new technologies used in cars, the effects of medications on Vision Screening driving, and the importance of eliminating distractions, We have a group from Sam’s Club’s Optical Department such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use. coming to offer free vision screenings. RSVP to Amber Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room at 706-549-4850 to reserve your spot! When: Thursday and Friday, September 4th and 5th Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room Time: 8:45am-12:00pm Thursday and 9:00am-12:00pm When: Monday, September 8th Friday Time: 10:00am-11:30am Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 non-AARP members Cost: Free

Caring Man in a Van “Personal Care Transportation” Caring Man in a Van has revolutionized the medical transportation industry by setting new standards of service. We are not just a transportation company but a Personal Care Transportation Company. We are known for not only being on time but we assist our patients in and out of medical facilities and are there when the patient has completed their visit. Waiting for hours to be returned home or to their nursing facility is not our policy. This keeps caregivers from having to take off work to assist their love ones.

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OTAGO Fall Prevention Program Falling is an avoidable part of aging! People who have completed the OTAGO program experienced a 35-40% reduction in their fall rate. OTAGO is a fall prevention program consisting of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises progressing in difficulty, and a walking plan. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 older adults will experience a fall each year. Do not be another statistic! Join us for this excellent opportunity to keep yourself fall free! Space is limited so call Amber at 706-549-4850 to reserve your spot today! Where: ACCA Harris Room When: 2nd Wednesday of each month, starting in January. Registration open. Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: $10 per class or $50 for 6 classes Current session is running through December 10th.

September Birthday Celebration Come and celebrate September’s birthdays! Cake will be served and enjoyed. CAL will host a birthday party on the last Thursday of every month. Where: The Round Room at ACCA When: Thursday, September 18th Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm | Cost: Free

Powerful Tools for Caregivers This 6 week educational series is designed to provide tools to care for yourself. It helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Cheryl Dean, RN and Mattee Barkdoll, LMSW are cofacilitators. Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room When: Mondays (September 29th- November 3rd) Walk for Wellness Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm Join your friends – or come make new ones – at the Cost: $35 Walk for Wellness meetings every other month for an educational presentation, free blood pressure screenings, door prize drawings and more. Past educational presentations have been given by pharmacists, nurses, doctors, researchers, book authors, etc. Georgia Square Mall is a great place to walk, and doors open before the stores do. Get all the benefits of walking in a flat, secure, climate controlled environment. This program is sponsored by The Center for Active Living, Arbor Terrace, Athens Regional Health System, Georgia Square Mall, and St. Mary’s This is your invitation to attend a day filled with Health Care System. For details, please call Mark at fun, fellowship and information on connecting 706.389.3897. the happenings of yesterday and today Where: Georgia Square Mall Food Court for an outlook on tomorrow. When: September 16th and November 18th (third Tuesdays of odd-numbered months) An Adult (55+) Event at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church Time: Breakfast begins at 8:00am and meeting begins 1690 South Milledge Avenue in Athens, GA 30605 at 8:30am September 23, 2014 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Cost: Free and open to the community Program Highlights and Registration Forms available online at www.milledge.org For more information, call the church office at 706.354.0090 or email at carrie@milledge.org

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Long Term Care Insurance 101 Join us for this informative talk about Long Term Care Insurance with Frank Stiteler. Frank has been in the insurance business for 35 years and specializes in life insurance and long term care insurance, in which he is certified. Don’t worry, he will not try and sell any insurance to you, he is coming to answer any questions you may have. Please RSVP to Amber at 706-5494850 by Monday, September 29th to reserve your seat. Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room When: Wednesday, October 1st Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: Free

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Outsmart your Smartphone Are you having trouble with that pesky smartphone you just bought? Do you want to learn how to make it work optimally? Well, this is the class for you! We will be answering your individual questions and walking you through solutions. Don’t miss this chance to make your phone yours. We look forward to seeing you! Where: The Round Room at The Athens Community Council on Aging When: Thursday, October 9th October Monthly Coffee Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Join us for our monthly coffee. There will be a presenter Cost: Free at each coffee speaking about their varied expertise. Stay tuned for more details about each month’s presenters. Where: ACCA Harris Room

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Prescription Double Check A Walgreen’s Pharmacist is coming to double check your prescriptions to ensure there are no potential interactions as well as to answer any questions you may have to help you better understand your medications. Be sure to bring all of your prescriptions with you when you come. Reserve your personal one-on-one appointment by calling Amber at 706-549-4850. Where: ACCA’s Brick Dining Room When: Stay tuned, our Pharmacist does not have a set schedule Cost: Free

October Birthday Celebration Come and celebrate October’s birthdays! Cake will be served and enjoyed. CAL will host a birthday party on the last Thursday of every month. Where: The Round Room at ACCA When: Thursday, October 30th Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm Cost: Free Macular Degeneration Presentation Macular Degeneration is a common eye condition and the leading cause of vision loss among people over the age of 50. Macular Degeneration is a disease that attacks the most sensitive area of the retina, the Macula. When the Macula is damaged the center of the vision field becomes blurry. Joan Baker, our presenter, has a Master’s degree in Special Education with specialties in Visual Education and Visual Impairment. Join us to learn about this hugely prevalent disease. RSVP to Amber at 706-549-4850. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Tuesday, November 4th Time: 10:00am-11:00am Cost: Free

Breast Cancer Presentation According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Because Breast Cancer is so prevalent in the female population and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we have invited a nurse from Athens Regional Medical Center’s Breast Health Center to come and talk about Breast Cancer. Bring your questions and a friend. We look forward to seeing you! Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, October 15th Time: 10:30am-11:30am Cost: Free Juice Your Way to Health Join us as Journey Juice comes to talk about the benefits of juicing. Liz Franchot, Journey Juice’s educational October Meet and Greet outreach individual will be coming, samples in hand, Want to meet other CAL Members? Our upcoming to demonstrate why one will enjoy and benefit from Meet and Greet held here at ACCA is an excellent juicing. opportunity for you to meet other CAL members as well Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room as the staff. We will provide tea, coffee and cookies for When: Wednesday, November 5th the meeting. We look forward to seeing you! Time: 10:15am-11:15am Where: The Round Room at the Athens Community Cost: Free Council on Aging When: Thursday, October 16th Time: 1:05pm-2:00pm Cost: Free

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November Monthly Coffee Join us for our monthly coffee. There will be a presenter at each coffee speaking about their varied expertise. Stay tuned for more details about each month’s presenters. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesday, November 5th Time: 10:00am-11:30am Cost: Free

Mama Bird’s Granola Demonstration We are excited to announce that Jenny from Mama Bird’s Granola is coming to lead a talk about the benefits of a local shared community kitchen and explain the benefits of using one. She will also teach and give instruction on various techniques for granola making. Join us and see what wholesome goodness granola can offer you. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Tuesday, November 11th AARP Smart Driver Time: 10:45am-11:45am Learn how to operate your vehicle more safely in Cost: Free today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn adjustments to accommodate common “Through My Eyes” A look at Alzheimer’s age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction from a personal perspective time. You will also learn the following: How to minimize Alzheimer’s disease can be one of the most frightening the effects of dangerous blind spots, the safest ways aspects of aging. In many ways, unless you are to change lanes, make turns at busy intersections, the experiencing the disease yourself, which hopefully proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, new you never do, this is a disease that you may never technologies used in cars, the effects of medications on truly understand. But here is an opportunity to hear driving, and the importance of eliminating distractions, about Alzheimer’s from the perspective of someone such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use. who is experiencing the disease firsthand. Join us as Where: ACCA Hudson Conf. Room Kris Bakowski, advocate for the National Alzheimer’s When: Thursday and Friday November 6th and 7th Association, comes to tell the tale of her journey with Time: 8:45am-12:00pm Thursday and 9:00am-12:00pm Alzheimer’s. Space is limited, RSVP to Amber at 706Friday 549-4850 to save your seat. This will definitely be Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 non-AARP members something you do not want to miss. Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room Maintaining Your Memory When: Tuesday, November 18th As we all know, our cognitive functioning and memory Time: 10:00am-11:00am change as we age. The University of Georgia Speech Cost: Free and Hearing Clinic are offering us a free two-hour educational seminar. This session will include an November Birthday Celebration individualized screening of your current memory skills Come and celebrate November’s birthdays! Cake will and group education on tips and tricks to maximize your be served and enjoyed. CAL will host a birthday party memory skills. There is a minimum attendance, please on the last Thursday of every month. RSVP to Amber at 706-549-4850 if you are interested Where: The Round Room at ACCA in participating. When: Thursday, November 27th Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm When: Friday, November 14th Cost: Free Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Cost: Free 30 connections


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Heritage Tour of Athens We are going cruising around town! We will be taking a tour of our home town with a Welcome Center tour guide. This 90 minute tour hits all of the great sites around town, such as the oldest house in Athens as well as historic downtown. We will have lunch at Last Resort Grill in downtown Athens before we begin the tour. The cost of lunch is not included in the price. Come and learn something about the place we all call home! Please RSVP by Thursday, September 11th to reserve your seat on the bus! Where: Depart from ACCA When: Thursday, September 18th Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm Cost: $20

Touring Turner Field Come along as we take a tour of Turner Field, home of our Atlanta Braves! This 90 minute tour will take us through all of the exclusive stops around Turner Field. We will visit the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, Coca-Cola Sky Field, Scouts Alley, and the Broadcast Booth, just to name a few of the stops. We will have lunch in Conyers on the way back at Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ. The cost of lunch is not included. Please RSVP with Amber by calling 706-549-4850 by Monday, September 15th. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Tuesday, September 30th Time: 8:30am-4:00pm Cost: $45

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Inside CNN Studio Venture inside of CNN Studios in Atlanta, GA. We will take a 55-minute walking tour that will descend 8 flights of stairs, but don’t worry, we’ll ride an escalator up those 8 flights. We will have the opportunity to get a close up view of the world of broadcasting and news. This behind the scenes tour of CNN is sure to be something you don’t want to miss! We will have lunch in the food court. The cost of lunch is not included. Please RSVP to Amber by Tuesday, September 30th to reserve your seat! Where: Depart from ACCA When: Tuesday, October 7th Time: 9:00am-3:00pm Cost: $40

A Tour of Southern Ghosts Want to hear a scary story? Well, this is not the trip for you. The stories we will be hearing have a creepy factor to them but are mostly based off of humor. The storytellers are stationed along the Antebellum Trail inside of Stone Mountain Park. We will have dinner at Sweet Potato Café. This trip will be spent primarily outdoors, be sure to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. This will be a fun night! The cost of dinner is not included. Please RSVP with Amber at 706-549-4850 by Wednesday, October 15th to save your seat. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Wednesday, October 22nd Time: 4:00pm-10:00pm Cost: $40

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Georgia Museum of Natural History The Georgia Museum of Natural History is a local jewel right in our backyard. During our time at the museum we will examine birds, fish, and zoo archaeology. On the way to UGA, we will have lunch at the new Tazikis Mediterranean Restaurant. The cost of lunch is not included. This will be educational and fun! Please RSVP to Amber by Friday, October 24th to reserve your spot! Where: Depart from ACCA When: Tuesday, October 28th Time: 11:00am-3:00pm Cost: $5 The High Museum of Art If you can’t sing, you can make a joyful noise. I can guarantee that this trip is sure to top the charts! The High Museum is celebrating Renaissance Art and Music from the Florence Cathedral. Featured in the exhibit, are three marble panels from the Luca de Robbia’s famed organ loft, Cantonia, that are travelling to the US for the first time. You will also be able to experience all of the permanent collections that the High Museum has to offer. We will have lunch at the café inside of the museum, however, the cost of lunch is not included. Please RSVP to Amber at 706-549-4850 by Thursday, October 30th. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Thursday, November 6th Time: 10:00am-4:00pm Cost: $45

Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 It’s not often that you can think about World War II and not think about the small voice of thirteen year old Anne Frank. This museum has over 600 photographs, 8,000 words in the exhibit and a 28 minute video, which is the only known footage of Anne for you to experience. After we get our dose of history, we will have lunch at the Brickery Grill just down the street from the museum. The cost of lunch is not included. Call Amber to RSVP at 706-549-4850 by Friday, November 7th. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Monday, November 10th Time: 10:00am-4:00pm Cost: $20 Blue Willow Inn and Shopping in Social Circle Join us for a delicious lunch at the historic Blue Willow Inn. After enjoying a southern style buffet we will stroll through downtown Social Circle for a couple hours of shopping. The cost of lunch is included in the price of the trip. Come celebrate Thanksgiving with the family you’ve chosen, your friends. RSVP to Amber at 706549-4850 by Wednesday, November 12th. Where: Depart from ACCA When: Wednesday, November 19th Time: 11:15am-5:30pm Cost: $30

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ongoing fitness and wellness classes

We’re looking for instructors and suggestions. Call Amber (706-549-4850) to suggest a class or offer to teach.

Happy Feet Our feet can be our most neglected body part. Did you know there are pressure points in your feet that act as a gauge throughout the whole body? Our feet are the foundation of posture and functional movement. If the feet aren’t cared for properly, the whole body can suffer. Did you know stiff ankles and feet are the number one reason for falls? Did you know shoes are the number one reason for foot pain? Foot fitness is fun and easy to achieve! This five week class is for all ages and fitness levels. You’ll need a towel and foot lotion. There is a class minimum, so tell your friends! Where: ACCA Round Room When: Wednesdays (September 10th- October 8th & October 15th-November 12th) Time: 11:15am-12:15pm Cost: $25 for 5 part series PilatesSOUL NEW! First 5 classes are FREE! This class is perfect for beginners! So whether you’re new to Pilates or new to exercising, this is a great class to try out. The first class of each session will include an assessment by the instructor, San, that will help her determine where to take the class. The class will combine Pilates, which is a group of mat exercises, and soul enhancing activities. Pilates was taught by Joseph Pilates as a tool to build strength and flexibility. The soul comes in through mediation and relaxation, which we will use to center the mind and body and reduce stress. Be sure to bring your own mat. There is a class minimum, so tell your friends! Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesdays (September 10th-October 8th and October 15th-November 12th) Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm Cost: 5 classes for $25

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Yoga-lates Flex NEW! First 5 classes are FREE! Yoga-lates Flex is a chair oriented class that combines elements of yoga, Pilates, and flexibility. Each element will work together to gently and safely build strength and flexibility. This class is great for beginners, those with balance problems, arthritis or those who fatigue easily. You will need to attend the first session as there is an assessment that will determine how the class will progress. Be sure to bring a yoga mat to go under your chair. There is a class minimum, so tell your friends! Where: ACCA Brick Dining Room When: Wednesdays (September 10th-October 8th and October 15th-November 12th) Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm Cost: 5 classes for $25 Fitness Assessment Being healthy is so much more than just eating right and exercising. It is eating and exercising in a way that works for you as an individual and your specific fitness needs. A great first step to ensuring your overall fitness is to schedule a Fitness Assessment. These screenings are age appropriate and safe, and will show you what you need to focus on for optimum results. There are many options to choose from. This Fitness Assessment is excellent for men or women of all fitness levels. This service usually costs approximately $125; however, with your CAL membership you will receive a discounted fee of $50 and you will receive two 1 hour appointments. You are not obligated to continue with Personal Training if you so desire. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: By appointment only Cost: $50 Call Amber 706-549-4850 to schedule your Fitness Assessment


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ongoing fitness and wellness classes

Class times subject to change or cancel, please check www.accaging.org or call 706-549-4850 for updates.

Personal Training In order to take advantage of our Personal Training services, San, the instructor, does require individuals partake in the Fitness Assessment. If you choose to continue with Personal Training, San will complete a training schedule for the two of you to work on during your training sessions. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: By appointment only Cost: $48 per training session Call Amber 706-549-4850 to schedule your training session Aging with Agility -- The Feldenkrais Method® Do you like to learn? Are you interested in moving with more agility and ease? Then join us on Fridays as we learn new and easier ways to move. In Awareness Through Movement® lessons we focus attention on HOW you move so your brain is working as hard as your muscles. You don’t have to give up doing the things you love; instead, learn new ways to use yourself to improve your agility, balance, posture and to reduce pain. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring comfy socks and a towel. The class is open to all participants but requires the ability to get up and down off the floor. Drop-ins are welcome; however, maximum long-term benefits are achieved by weekly practice. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Fridays Time: 8:45am-9:45am Cost: Free

Free Style Dance (seated/standing class) Move to the music! Our Free Style Dance class, which we used to call “Zumba”, is an excellent opportunity to work out your entire body. Burn off calories, reenergize your body, and rejuvenate your mind all at once! Join us for an exciting class that is suitable for all ability levels. The instructor will move from a seated to a standing position to keep everyone moving to the music. Beginners are welcome! Where: ACCA Harris Room with Jean When: Tuesdays Time: 11:00am-11:45am Cost: $2/class Yoga Focus on your breath as you gently move into different poses that stretch and empower your muscles. Yoga brings peace to the mind while enhancing the mind body connection and supports efficient functioning of the body systems. Please bring your own mat and any blankets you would like for the relaxation portion of the class. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Mondays w/Eleanor Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm Cost: Free Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Tuesdays w/Chad Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm Cost: Free Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Wednesdays w/Edna Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm Cost: Free Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Fridays w/Anna Time: 10:00am-11:30am Cost: Free

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Class times subject to change or cancel, please check www.accaging.org or call 706-549-4850 for updates.

Line Dancing This is one of our most attended classes here at the Center for Active Living. The instructor, Kathy, will walk you step by step through line dances set to a variety of music styles. Beginners are welcome. Where: ACCA Harris Room When: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Cost: Free

On the Move with Kevin This class is a chair oriented class that includes: aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises. It is especially beneficial for those living with chronic conditions who require a low impact exercise program. Kevin has many years of experience working with chronic conditions and makes individual adjustments to the routine to better serve each participant. This class is suitable for all fitness levels. Where: ACCA Harris Room Smart Moves with Becky When: Mondays Similar to Silver Sneakers, this class is designed to Time: 11:00am-12:00pm help improve overall balance, flexibility, and strength all Cost: $5/class while you move to the music. This is a low impact class great for those of all fitness levels. This class can be Where: ACCA Harris Room performed seated or standing. When: Thursdays Where: ACCA Harris Room Time: 10:00am-11:00am When: Mondays Cost: $5/class Time: 9:00am-10:00am Cost: Free Pickleball The game of pickleball is almost 50 years old. What’s Where: ACCA Harris Room making it so popular, both in Athens and the nation is When: Thursdays its appeal to the over 50 population. Pickleball is a Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm combination of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong. It Cost: Free is played on a court with a net, using a paddle that is (Cancelled 1st Thursday of each month) larger than a ping pong paddle but smaller than a tennis racket, and a hard plastic whiffle ball. There is a USA Pickleball Association website at www. usapa.org with a map of all the pickleball locations in the U.S. Here in Athens, we play on 3 indoor courts at Lay Park Gym. There is usually a crowd there on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays around noon, and all are welcome to come watch and join in. On Tuesdays from 9:00am -11:00am we encourage new comers to come out and learn the game with other beginners. The gym has all the equipment you need (paddles, balls, net) so come ready to play. If you would like to watch it played competitively, there are games Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm -9:00pm with a bunch of players, too young to be part of the baby boom generation. Image Courtesy of http://rushinperson.rush.edu/2011/01/27 For more information contact Ken Calkin at kcalkin1@ /exercise-tips-for-older-adults/ 36 connections


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gmail.com or Randy Haygood at the gym, 706-613- YWCO Arthritis Water Exercise 3596. An Arthritis Foundation Certified program for individuals Where: Lay Park Gym with arthritis. Increases range of motion and develops When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays strength in a warm relaxing environment. Doctor’s Time: 12:00pm permission is required. Present your CAL membership Cost: Free key card at the front desk of the YWCO to get the discounted rate below. Where: Lay Park Gym Where: YWCO Pool When: Tuesday and Thursdays When: Monday thru Friday Time: 9:00am-11:00am Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: Free Cost: $7 YWCO Water Exercise Water exercise provides general conditioning, flexibility, and cardiovascular workout done in the pool. Excellent for all ages. Present your CAL membership key card at the front desk of the YWCO to get the discounted rate below. Where: YWCO Pool When: Mon., Wed., Fri. Time: 9:00am and 11:00am Cost: $7 Where: YWCO Pool When: Monday and Wednesday Time: 7:00pm Cost: $7

SilverSplash® SilverSplash is a universal, trademarked total body aqua conditioning class in a pool. SilverSplash focuses on increasing agility, range of movement and cardiovascular conditioning. Participants use the SilverSneakers kickboards to develop strength, balance and coordination in a safe, fun, and effective way. No swimming ability is required. Where: YWCO Pool When: Fridays Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: $7

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ongoing social programs

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UGArden Produce Stand Come out and get produce provided by UGArden in efforts to end senior hunger! Stop by and check out the just-picked freshness from our garden to your kitchen. Produce is seasonal at $2.00/lb, and we accept credit debit, cash, and checks. We accept EBT cards for $1.00/lb. The Produce Stand will be put on hold by the end of November until the warm weather returns. Eat local! Eat fresh! Where: ACCA Pavilion When: Tuesdays Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Open to the community Mah Jongg Join us to play Mah Jongg, a Chinese Tile Game. Some knowledge of the game and reservations are required. Please call Sharon at 706-543-8524 to reserve your spot today! Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room When: Mondays Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Cost: Free Crocheting in the Round This class is designed for beginners who will learn the basics of how to crochet and at an intermediate level learn more difficult projects. Beginning materials provided. Taught by Sandie Nicholson Where: ACCA Round Room (next to the Harris Room) When: Mondays Time: 10:00am-10:55am Cost: Free

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The Scribblers Welcome to a writers group that gathers to share various kinds of writing. The writing can be fiction or non-fiction. It can be memoirs, poetry, stories, or anything that the writer wishes to share. Feedback can be given, if the writer wishes. Lead by Sandie Nicholson Where: Bentley Conference Room When: Tuesdays Time: 9:30am – 10:55am Cost: Free Toastmasters This weekly meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure. Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, which includes a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Where: ACCA Hudson Conference Room When: Tuesdays Time: 11:30am-1:30pm Cost: $60/6 months; $20 New Toastmaster Member Fee for CAL Members Intermediate Bridge Join us in an informal setting to play bridge and socialize. No reservation needed. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Tuesdays Time: 1:30pm Cost: Free


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ongoing social programs

Class times subject to change or cancel, please check www.accaging.org or call 706-549-4850 for updates.

Belle Hill Singers Join fellow members to sing traditional church music in a group setting and inspire individuals through the power of song. Performances take place every Tuesday and Thursday at different community centers, nursing homes, assisted living, senior centers, and adult health centers. Transportation is provided but is optional. New members are welcome regardless of singing ability. Call the Center for Active Living for current performance schedule. Where: Meet at ACCA When: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 10:00am-11:30am Cost: Free

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Grand Slammers This advanced bridge group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: Wednesdays Time: 1:30pm On June 30, Eve Anthony was sworn in as the 2014Cost: Free 2015 President of the Georgia Gerontology Society. Several ACCA staff members were on hand for the state Advanced Bridge This advanced bridge group meets on the 1st and 3rd conference to cheer her on. Eve was nominated and Wednesdays. The group requires reservations; please elected by a statewide nomination committee. ACCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Jennie Deese has also served call 706-543-3102 to reserve your spot today! in this role. Congratulations Eve, you are making ACCA Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room proud. When: Wednesdays Time: 1:30pm Cost: Free Newcomers Card Group Join other members to play the Hand and Foot card game on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday and play Mexican Train on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday! Where: ACCA Bentley Conference Room When: Wednesdays Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm Cost: Yearly membership fee of $20 for CAL Members, call Sharon at 706-543-8524 FALL 2014 39


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winterville programs and updates

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Mama Bird’s Granola Demonstration Are you interested in learning about a shared community kitchen? How about how to make granola? Well, Jenny, from Mama Bird’s Granola is coming to teach us all about these. This is sure to be a very interesting talk! Call Amber 706-549-4850 to RSVP. Where: Winterville CAL ** upon opening** When: Monday, September 22nd Time: 11:45am-12:45pm Cost: Free

AARP Smart Driver Learn how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. You will also learn the following: How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots, the safest ways to change lanes, make turns at busy intersections, the proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, new technologies used in cars, the effects of medications on driving, and the importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use. Where: Winterville CAL **upon opening** When: Thursday & Friday, October 16th & 17th Time: 8:45am-12:00pm Thursday and 8:45am-12:00pm Friday Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 non-AARP members

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winterville programs and updates

We’re looking for instructors and suggestions. Call Amber (706-549-4850) to suggest a class or offer to teach.

Blood Pressure Checks Come and have your blood pressure checked by a member of the Community Education Department of Athens Regional Medical Center. Where: Winterville CAL ** upon opening** When: 3rd Tuesday of each month (September 16th, October 21st, & November 18th) Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm Cost: Free Yoga Focus on your breath as you gently move into different poses that stretch and empower your muscles. Yoga brings peace to the mind while enhancing the mind body connection and supports efficient functioning of the body systems. Please bring your own mat and any blankets you would like for the relaxation portion of the class. Where: Winterville CAL **upon opening** When: Tuesdays Time: 9:30am-11:00am Cost: Free

Free Style Dance Free style dance will offer an opportunity to dance and move to songs from past decades and today. No experience necessary, only a desire to have a great time dancing and mingling with other people looking to do the same! Sitting and standing options will be available. Where: Winterville CAL ** upon opening** When: Friday Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm Cost: Free Intermediate Bridge Reservations are required, call Amber at 706-549-4850 to reserve your spot today. Tables will be made up of four players. Where: Winterville CAL **upon opening** When: Wednesdays Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Advanced Bridge Reservations are required, call Amber at 706-549-4850 to reserve your spot today. Tables will be made up of Tai Chi four players. As a practice of “meditation in motion,” the slow Where: Winterville CAL **upon opening** movements and mindset of Tai Chi can be used to When: Tuesdays manage stress levels by creating a sense of choice and Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm a heightened awareness of our capacities to mobilize the motivation, cognitive resources, and courses of Historic Preservation Committee action in every movement. Benefits include lower Are you interested in history? Join us as we create a heart rate, heightened immune function, better sleep Historic Preservation Committee in Winterville. We will patterns, and reduced incidence of falls and fear of discuss preserving Winterville’s historic buildings and falling. learn about their history. Projects of interest will include Where: Winterville CAL ** upon opening** the Carter-Coile Doctor’s Museum and a registry of When: Mondays historic homes in the city. No history expertise needed, Time: 10:30am-11:30am just an appreciation for it. Interested? -Call Mayor Cost: $5 per class Emily Eisenman at 706-424-7649. When: Thursdays Where: Winterville Time: 11:45am-12:30pm Cost: Free for adults of all ages Cost: $5 per class FALL 2014 41


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support groups and meetings

Class times subject to change or cancel, please check www.accaging.org or call 706-549-4850 for updates.

Caregiver Support Group - Athens Area For any caregiver or any caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias to fellowship with other caregivers, participate in educational programs, and gain knowledge from health care professionals. Where: ACCA Bentley ADH Center When: 3rd Tuesday each month Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Cost: FREE

Alzheimer’s Support Group - Winder Area For caregivers or anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias to fellowship with other caregivers, participate in educational programs, and gain knowledge from health care professionals. Where: Winder Adult Day Care When: Last Friday of each month Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Cost: FREE One Call For All Your Home Needs

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren A support group provided for grandparents raising the grandchildren. Group topics vary in discussion from month to month and occasionally include informational materials and guest speakers. For specific dates and times, please contact Paige Powell at 706-549-4850. Where: ACCA’s Hudson Conference Room in Athens and Rivers of Mercy in Monroe When: TBD Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm Cost: FREE Parkinson’s Support Groups A group provided for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Group topics vary in discussion from month to month and occasionally include informational materials, guest speakers, or trips. Where: ACCA Glass Dining Room When: 4th Monday each month Time: 2:00pm -3:00pm Cost: FREE


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On Friday, August 1 members of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department and ACCA hosted the dedication and ribbon cutting to the newly expanded portion of the North Oconee Greenway which runs along the property line at our facility in Athens. Members of the ACC commission and Mayor Nancy Denson were on hand for the event.

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On June 10, members of the ACCA Staff and the Bentley Adult Day Health enjoyed a peaceful afternoon fishing at the pond of former ACCA Board member and volunteer, Carolyn Nunnally. The fishing trip was very fun and lots of fish were caught. The pond is located near Winterville, GA and the participants and staff are already ready to go again.

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On Thursday, July 3, members of the Center for Active Living had a picnic lunch and enjoyed tie-dyeing t-shirts. They had a nice lunch set up outside under the pavilion at ACCA and then enjoyed some Kona Ice treats after lunch.

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The Athens Community Council on Aging was recently awarded the Beverly Littlefield Award in appreciation of their exemplary leadership in the promotion of healthy aging. The award was presented to Jennie Deese, Chief Executive Officer of ACCA, at an awards luncheon in Albany, Georgia on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the 16th Annual Healthy Communities Summit. The award is presented annually by the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services.

ACCA Director of Nursing, Cheryl Dean headed out on a cruise for vacation this year and brought back the staff of Bentley Adult Day Health “Happy Hump Day” t-shirts. We had to get a picture. As mentioned in this issue’s Letter from the CEO (page 4), pictured to the right is the Motion Wellness System that was recently installed on the ACCA property. It isn’t quite ready yet but will be soon and will add a great new feature to the fitness and wellness programs at ACCA.

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On behalf of the entire ACCA team, we wish to convey our sincere congratulations to Paige & Jason Powell. Paige is the program director the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program. They are the proud parents of a beautiful boy. Weston Cecil Powell was born on August 9, at 1:48 am at 22.5″ long, and weighing 9lbs. 14 oz. Congratulations Paige and Jason, we can’t wait to meet him in person!!

The Classic City Rotary Club collected and donated school supplies to our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. at their July 28 meeting. Thank you so much for your support!


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Save the Date! 10th Annual Be a Santa to a Senior November 3 - December 5 Senior Hunger Awareness Month Month of November Be a Santa to a Senior Wrapping Party December 10 at 4pm Annual Holiday Benevolence Market Have you ever had trouble finding someone that special Holiday gift? Come to the Market that offers an alternative holiday shopping experience. Honor a loved one with a donation earmarked for one of approx. 35 local, non-profit agencies. Sunday, December 7 at Athens First Presbyterian Church located at 185 East Hancock Ave. in Athens. ACCA’s Annual Holiday Tea Saturday, December 14 at 2pm $20/children, $25/adult March for Meals 5K and 12K Saturday, March 28, 2015

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